Monday, January 30, 2017

An Adventurous Start to 2017 ... Exploring Jefferson, TX

Well, it has been quiet her on the blog since just before the holidays, but it has certainly not been the case at The Teacup Cottage in the real world. We hosted a variety of holiday parties at the new house, made more memories on our annual family Disney Cruise, switched the studio/office with Lil Monkey's room because he was already growing out of the one he chose, and I've been busy at work - running your own company isn't a 9 to 5 job where you get "time off". In fact, I went on a trip with one of my clients this weekend.

You guys remember that my mom is the owner of Bear Thread Designs, as well as other quilt businesses. Yes, running your own business must run in the family. Well, her company is a client, and this weekend we are in Jefferson, Texas, at the 14th annual Jefferson Quilt Show, Quilts on the Bayou. Fist of all, Jefferson is the cutest little Texas town ... well, aside from my college town of Huntsville. (Eat 'em up, Kats!)

So my mom had this show planned and she usually takes my stepdad or quilt friends on these trips, my company just manages her marketing. But this weekend, she needed someone and I was the only one available. I hadn't helped her with a show since November 2015, I jumped at the chance ... after making sure that there were people and plans in place to take care of Lil Monkey on the days Prince Charming had to work.

On Thursday I wake up bright and early, actually it was dark and early, and double checked Lil Monkey's stuff that was prepped for school for both days as well my packed bags. My mom and stepfather showed up and I passed Lil Monkey and all his schedule and notes (only like 3 pages) to my stepdad and I hopped in the van with my mom and off we went.

Along the way we stopped at the cutest little shop with Mexican pottery and some yard art that included a lot of barnyard animals. I'll post those photos later this week.

So after a 5 1/2 hour drive we arrive in Jefferson, Texas. Ya'll, it was the cutest little town, I ever did see! (Please read that with a thick Texas accent.)

First I fell in love with the train trestle. Oh, my goodness.

Then there were the buildings!!

The General Store nearly made me giddy as a schoolgirl. I love old fashioned general stores! And their vintage truck ... gosh, I'm gushing like a Southern Belle.

After we settled in to where our booth would be, I went to grab us some burgers from a little place called Auntie Skinners. Seriously, at that point, I knew my husband would decide we were moving here if he could see it. Amazing burgers. Big burgers. Definitely country portions were a given at this place!

The people of Jefferson (and surrounding areas) are just as sweet as you'd expect in a small town. After we had our booth set up, we went for a walk around the town square. We visited a few antique shops and the Fudge Shop, which I am sad to say I was in such a state of happiness, I forgot to take photos!

Unfortunately, I also came home to a sick Lil Monkey, some sort of stomach bug, so I'm headed to check on him. I'll post photos from the quilt show tomorrow.

Until next time, stay #CreativelyInspired!

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